Early Childhood Policy
Building strong children and families is how we build a strong foundation for New Hampshire’s future. Research into child development tells us that children brains are developing from the bottom up. When state policy supports young children, we are building a strong foundation for their brains to develop and them to live healthy and happy lives. New Futures supports policies which give children what they need to thrive now and in the future. These policy priorities include: quality, affordable child care, family support and strengthening programs, resources for child protection, home visiting programs, and other policies found in Spark NH’s Framework for Action.
PROMOTE CHILD WELLBEING
We can all agree that New Hampshire is a wonderful place to grow up strong and healthy. For this to continue to be true, we must be supporting the health, wellness, and development of our children by giving kids and families support services. Granite State children are dealing with traumatic experiences due to our substance misuse, mental health, and child protection crises. As a result, these children can face social, emotional, physical, and mental health challenges that last into adulthood and leave our state at risk in the future. Home visiting programs, Family Resource Centers, and effective child protection programs help connect parents and children with services they need to combat these adverse childhood experiences and be healthy and happy.